Sixteen Going On Seventeen chords

from The Sound Of Music

  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen was written by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein (lyrics).
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at a moderate tempo
  • Chords: F, F6, F7, F+, Fm6, G7, G9, Gm7, C7, C7b9, C9, C+, Dm, Dm7, D7, Bb, Bb(b5), Bbm7
  • Learn the Chords: Make sure you can play all the chords before attempting the song. Some of them look a little scary but once you learn them they are all very easy to play.
  • Video: If you want to play along with the video, the start of the song and first refrain (male part) is in the key of Ab - place a Capo on the 3rd fret and all is well. On the second refrain (female part) there is a key change to D Major - you will need to move the capo to the 9th fret which may sound a little odd... as long as you have enough neck-room, it is possible but not entirely desirable.
  • The optional Interlude and 3rd refrain in the song is not included in the video clip.

The first verse is omitted in the video clip... starts at the first refrain.

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

     F   F6  F7  F+ Fm6 G7  G9  Gm7 C7  C7b9  C9  C+  Dm Dm7  D7  Bb Bb(b5) Bbm7
e |--1---1---1---1---1---1---1---3---0----0----0---0---1---1---2---1----------1--|
B |--1---3---1---2---3---0---0---3---1----2----3---1---3---1---1---3----3-----2--|
G |--2---2---2---2---1---0---2---3---3----3----3---1---2---2---2---3----3-----1--|
D |--3---3 --1---3---3---0---0---3---2----2----2---2---0---0---0---3----2-----3--|
A |--3-------3-------3---2---2---5---3----3----3---3---------------1----1-----1--|
E |--1-------1-------1---3---3---3-----------------------------------------------|
     B       B       B           B                                 B          B

numbers on the grid indicate frets       
B signifies a barre chord
0 means the string is played open
unmarked strings are not to be played... more

        F                        G9
1. You wait, lit-tle girl, on an emp-ty stage
       Gm7               F6
   For fate to turn the light on
         F                        G9
   Your life, lit-tle girl, is an emp-ty page
        Gm7               F6             F+   Dm | C7 |
   That men will want to write on___ To write on...

            F               C7
Refrain 1: You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                    Dm7  -  G9
           Ba-by, it's time to think!
           C9                   F
           Bet-ter be-ware, be can-ny and care-ful
           Gm7           G7    | C7  /  /  C+ |
           Ba-by, you're on the brink!

            F               C7
           You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
            F                    Dm7  -  G9
           Fel-lows will fall in line
           C9                      F
           Ea-ger young lads and rogues and cads
                Gm7         C9       F
           Will of-fer you food and wine.

           Bb               Bb(b5)
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared are you
               F7             Bb
           To face a world of men.
           Bb                 Bb(b5)
           Tim-id and shy and scared are you
                F                 G7 - C7
           Of things be-yond your kin

            F                C7
           You need some-one old-er and wis-er
            F                  Bbm7
           Tell-ing you what to do
           F                D7
           I am sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
            G9       C7b9     F  | G7  -  C7  |
           I'll take care of you

           F             C7
Refrain 2: I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                   Dm7  -  G9
           I know that I'm na-ive
           C9                   F
           Fel-lows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
               Gm7          G7     | C7  /  /  C+ |
           And will-ing-ly I'll be-lieve.

           F             C7
           I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F               Dm7  -  G9
           In-no-cent as a rose
            C9                    F
           Bach-e-lor dan-dies, drink-ers of bran-dies
           Gm7        C9       F
           What do I know of those?

           Bb               Bb(b5)
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared am I
               F7             Bb
           To face a world of men
            Bb                Bb(b5)
           Tim-id and shy and scared am I
                F               G7 - C7
           Of things be-yond my kin

           F               C7
           I need some-one old-er and wis-er
            F                  Bbm7
           Tell-ing me what to do
            F                  D7
           You are sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
            G9     C7b9     F  |  F  |
           I'll de-pend on you 
           
              F               C7      Gm7  C7 
Interlude: A bell is no bell till you ring it,
              F                        G7 
           A song is no song till you sing it,
                F                         Fm6 
           And love in your heart was-'nt put there to stay,
            F6                       Gm7     C7  | F7 -  F6  | F+  -  F  |
           Love is-n't love till you give it a  -  way

            F                   C7
Refrain 3: When you're six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
            F                    Dm7  -  G9 
           Wait-ing for life to start
            C9                   F
           Some-bod-y kind who touch-es your mind 
                Gm7         G7       | C7  /  /  C+ |
           Will sud-den-ly touch your heart! 

            F                  C7
           When thet hap-pens, af-ter it hap-pens,
            F                    Dm7  -  G9 
           Noth-ing is quite the same.
            C9                      F
           Some-how you kno you'll jump up and go
              Gm7       C9         F
           If ev-er he calls your name!

            Bb                  Bb(b5)
           Gone are your old i - deas of life
               F7              Bb
           The old i-deas grow dim
           Bb                    Bb(b5)
           Lo and be-hold you're some-one's wife
                F             G7 - C9
           And you be-long to him!

            F                  C7
           You may think this kind of ad-ven-ture
            F                 Bbm7
           Nev-er may come to you
            F                D7
           Dar-ling six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen,
            G9         C7b9          F  |  F  |
           Wait__    a year__    or two           

  • Free Music Transposition Simply highlight & copy the entire song chart above - then click on the link... more
  • We have used the more common chord shapes for this song, but if you want more variations on all the chords above, try jguitar.com... loads of options to suit your chord-voicing preferences.
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